The woman in this dialogue is standing at the threshold of elderhood and needs to discern what’s next for her. John invites her beyond all familiarity into a deeper level, where she would be reconceived by her own deepest knowing, and live as what she will know when she dies.
In direct connection with John, this woman notices her heart and mind opening newly. John describes the price of having such a heart in everyday life, and why that cost is really nothing.
“The midnight being is you, there: you, before you came into this body, here, but wiped of all knowledge of what you were before. All you have as a being to live by are tiny, tiny little bits of direct knowledge that don’t offer you information. They offer you beautifully blind, original centredness which plays itself out in your humanness.”